Standing on the court of Oregon's new Matthew Knight Arena, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said that Washington is seriously planning a major facility upgrade of its own.
"We are seriously looking at a new facility, not where we play, but a new practice facility that will house our offices and the weight room and everything," Romar said. "It will be a nice improvement. I wouldn’t change our gym, I love our gym. I love how it’s set up, I love the whole thing. But there are things we’re looking to improve upon and I think we’ll get it done.
"Right now we’re in the planning stages. ... I just know we’re planning to do something that’s really nice."
Romar said the project has been seriously considered for about a year. He said the new gym would be dedicated for men's and women's basketball, and could be attached to Hec Ed -- perhaps in the aquatics area or as an addition to the existing Marv Harshman practice court."
Romar said he would have pushed for the new facility regardless of whether Knight Arena was built or not.
"Our competition isn’t necessarily Oregon," he said. "It’s on a national scale. If we only recruited in Portland or in the state of Oregon that would be one thing. But we recruit a lot of different places. Oftentimes we’re going against Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and places. Oregon has as fine a facilities as there are. But there are other places that have them, too."